My Top 8 Superfoods
What is a “Superfood”?
A superfood is a whole raw food that is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins and healthy fats. They are foods that contain proportionally higher quantities of nutrients and antioxidants. Superfoods assist in the prevention of disease and premature aging and work to strengthen the immune system. The following is a list of my favourite superfoods that I encourage you to eat daily.
Spirulina and Chlorella
Both spirulina and chlorella are blue-green algae and are considered rejuvenators of the body. They are considered a complete protein containing all 18 amino acids. Besides the high protein and low fat content of the algae, they contain substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals. The high content of GLA (gamma linoleic acid the oil found in evening primrose plant) in spirulina can cause positive effects including increased energy, mental clarity, and decreased appetite and weight loss.
Next to flax seeds, they are the highest source of omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds contain high amounts of fiber, and act as a lubricant to ease constipation. A vegan source of protein, chia seeds are rich in phosphorus, manganese, and calcium. Add in smoothies or oatmeal; chia seeds can also be used as an egg replacement in recipes.
This Himalayan berry is unlike any other berry and is rich in protein. They contain high amounts of antioxidants and gram for gram has more vitamin C than oranges. Antioxidants fight free radicals in the body and help prevent disease like cancer. Goji berries contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals, making it one of the best nutritionally beneficial foods available. Goji berries are part of the nightshade family which also includes tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, potatoes, tomatillo and tobacco.
Rich in monounsaturated fats, avocadoes can help lower cholesterol in the blood, lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, play a role in cancer prevention, reduce the risk of diabetes and promote weight loss. They are an excellent source of potassium (more than bananas by weight). In addition, avocadoes are rich in vitamin K, B vitamins, and fiber.
The acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a small purple berry native to the rainforests of South America has been called the anti-aging and weight loss aid. The acai berry contains high amounts of antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins that help fight cancer and heart disease. Rich in B vitamins, electrolytes and trace minerals, acai berries contains properties necessary for reducing inflammation and improving energy levels. Other benefits include cellular, heart and skin health.
Garlic contains antibacterial, anti-inflammtory, anti cancer and antioxidant properties. Garlic can decrease the risk of clogged arteries and stroke by inhibiting platelet cells in the blood from clumping together. Aged garlic has the most powerful free radical neutralizing effects that protect the tissues of the body from cancer. Allicin, a property in garlic helps fight off infection and boosts the immune system. Garlic contains high levels of iodine, vitamin C and vitamin B6.
Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric may ease aches and inflammation. Like ginger, turmeric inhibits the molecules that trigger inflammation. Many benefits including relief for inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, help for cystic fibrosis sufferers, cancer prevention, improved liver function, lowering cholesterol, and protection against Alzheimer’s. Sprinkle on eggs or salad, it has a mild flavour; take advantage of this amazing spice!
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse packed with nutrients and antioxidants. High in iron, per calorie kale has more iron than beef. Kale is rich in vitamin K that helps protect against various cancers and is necessary for bone health and blood clotting. Kale also contains vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium and is a great detox food for keeping your liver healthy.